button hole books

Wholesale orders are placed by colorways. Please email me for pricing. I am happy to work with stores to develop a collection of books tailored to your location and interests. Scroll down for wholesale terms.

Grow and Be Journals

Grow & Be
Inspired by a few of my favorite things and Scandinavian patterns, Grow & Be journals nod heavily to nature. I hope artists and writers alike find inspiration in the early bird, wise owl, seedling, key, snail’s pace and other elements in the design. The covers and endpapers are silk screen printed in a palette of growing plants, sun and sky.
8.5 x 5.5"

Tall Pines Journals

Tall Pines
An original, screen printed design of the Maine coast adorns the fabric cover and endpapers of these books. They are a handsome choice for nature lovers, travelers, and Maine fans. The colorway evokes the Maine coast in granite and sky grays, endless ocean blues, and pine and lichen greens.
8.5 x 5.5"

Seaside Journals

Influenced by my favorite Japanese textile pattern, these screen printed covers and endpapers evoke the sea in an abstract pattern with fun, deep, potentially metaphorical illustrations of a dinghy attached to a buoy, octopus tentacles and a whale tail. The palette is the blue ocean and sea-side weather.
8.5 x 5.5"

Pens and Pencils Journals

Fun, funky, hip and inspiring, the Pens+Pencils design features favorite mark-making tools. Covers come in a bright range of sno-cone flavor colors plus brown (for those who like to tone it down). Endpapers are printed with the same design on brown kraft paper. I encourage using the design on the endpapers like a coloring book!
8.5 x 5.5"

Paper Birch Journals

Paper Birch
A screened design inspired by a walk in the woods. Covers come in a range of dusky, muted colors including browns, grays, purple and black, evoking twilight on the verge.
8.5 x 5.5"

Rainbow Order Journals

The Tyranny of the Rainbow Order
The original design that started Purplebean Bindery is still one of my best sellers. These books come in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple and create a bright display. The fabric on the rigid covers and endpapers are of others’ design, and I have a great time mixing and matching bright hues and themes while binding these journals. Customers have fun finding their favorite colors and patterns too.
8.5 x 5.5"

Books for Men

Books for Men
An assortment of books in solid grays, beige and black with ‘manly’ themed endpapers. There will be no birds or flowers anywhere near these journals. This display is great for a shop with a muted palette. (Books are unisex, by the way. Women love these books too.)
8.5 x 5.5"

Bitty Books

Bitty Books
These chunky little books are super fun. With a page for every day of the year and colorful dividers for each month, they are hard to resist. Covers come in a variety of patterns, from cute to subdued. I call these non-intimidating journals. They are a great place to kick-start a journal-writing habit and are a favorite with kids.
Delilghtfully 3.5 x 4.25”

Three Year Journal

Three Year Journals
A journal with an elastic closure designed to record three years of daily thoughts. Each page is printed with the date and lined for three years of use - each year you write a few lines below last year’s entry. Colored paper separates the months. Covers come in an assortment of darker patterns and colors. I write in my 3 year journal every night and love reviewing yearly changes and often shocking similarities.
7 x 4”

I love making books. I love the design of a well-made book; I love the utility of a sturdy blank book. I also love paper, fabric and color and am delighted I get to work with them all day long. I think of every book I make as a collaboration between myself as the bookbinder and whoever ends up filling the pages. It’s a special joy to think that my books inspire people to be creative, to record and celebrate their lives, to commit memories and stories to paper. My favorite hand-sewn binding technique is called the button hole binding. It’s sturdy and decorative. It doesn’t use glue, so there is nothing to yellow or crack. It allows the cover to be artfully cut open, exposing the decorative endpapers. It’s a ton of fun to make. I joke that it doesn’t look like a normal book because it’s better - but it’s no joke. I make these books to last. Each book I make is named or numbered and stamped with my logo. The books you order will come wrapped in a protective paper belly-band and have a bookmark inside. I am a one-woman studio. I design, silk screen, fold, cut and bind everything myself (in addition to doing sales, promotion, customer service, and light accounting). When not in journal-production mode (which I love), I make artist books. My work has been exhibited throughout New England and is held in several library special collections. My 2nd floor studio is in my home, an old, green farmhouse in sunny Auburn, Maine. Thank you for getting to know my work!

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Your first order must be prepaid in full before shipping. You will receive an invoice via email when your order is ready to ship. Checks, Visa, Mastercard, AmEx and Discover are accepted. Net 30 terms are available for established accounts. Opening Minimum Order: $450 plus shipping Reorder Minimum: $350 plus shipping.
Shipping costs will be calculated and included on the emailed invoice. Shipments are sent via US Postal Service unless special arrangements are made.
Most items are made to order and will arrive in two to six weeks, depending on availability of inventory and complexity of order. I love working with buyers to figure out the best color and pattern themes for their location, and I do my best to honor those requests. When you place your order, I will notify you of an estimated ship date.
I will list and link to your store on my website and mention it on Facebook and Instagram when appropriate.
I want you to be completely happy with your order. If for any reason that is not the case, please contact me right away. I will do my best to work things out to your satisfaction. Because of the fragile nature of books, I can not take back books more than a week after you receive your order.
No two books are the same, in fact I take special delight in making every one unique. While I do my best to honor color and theme requests, there will be variation. I hope you enjoy the never-ending uniqueness of each book.

WHOLESALE INQUIRES: Please email to place an order, discuss pricing, or other inquires.

buttonhole bound blank books